Academic programme and training opportunities

Earth system scientists require a strongly interdisciplinary understanding. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to broaden their base of knowledge by attending seminars from high-profile visiting scientists, by taking courses on subjects relevant to their topic, and by participating in summer schools, conferences and workshops. A structured supervision programme ensures that candidates are enjoying the best possible academic support throughout their studies.
 

Key components of academic training in IMPRS-ESM

For a first start into the topic of Climate Change, Risks and Challenges you could have a go at the online Climate Course provided by DKK Deutsches Klima Konsortium.
This is a MOOC - Massive Open Online Course.

Advisory Panel system

IMPRS-ESM uses an ‘Advisory Panel system’ to structure supervision of doctoral studies. Advisory Panels comprise three experienced scientists and are elected early in a doctoral term. From the beginning each PhD candidate has a primary advisor formally recognised by IMPRS-ESM. Candidate and primary advisor jointly take responsibility for the definition and design of the doctoral research. A co-advisor complements the scientific expertise of the primary advisor and a senior academic with experience in doctoral training serves as the Panel Chair. Panel Chairs are knowledgeable in the research topic but have no relation to the research group and thus function as a peer reviewer for the School. Regular bi-annual meetings provide quality and progress control to ensure timely completion of advanced research studies.

Download the pamphlet ‘Advisory Panel system’ for detailed information.

External training opportunities

IMPRS-ESM encourages doctoral candidates to complement their individual academic training by actively participating in scientific conferences and workshops, both national and international. IMPRS-ESM offers each doctoral candidate a small annual budget to travel and participate in such scientific activities. It is up to the doctoral candidate to find appropriate training opportunities and to negotiate with advisors and IMPRS-ESM as to the best use of their travel budget.

Curriculum

IMPRS-ESM runs a flexible curriculum!
A few principal teaching units are offered repeatedly including


Please note: The majority of IMPRS-ESM courses are offered according to demand from participants and the interests of the lecturers. Doctoral candidates choose courses based on their own scientific interest and to best complement their personal training scheme. PhD candidates earn a minimum of 12 IMPRS-ESM credit points throughout their doctoral term.
Credit points may also be gained for online courses of different external providers. The IMPRS-ESM office provides a list of online courses that have been taken by our PhD candidates.

IMPRS-ESM also encourages doctoral candidates to pursue courses offered by

Winter semester 2021/22

Title (Lecturer)DatesTime/PlaceCrd.
S_39 Generic Academic Skills (Jochem Marotzke)11 Oct 2021 - 24 Jan 2022Mondays
15:00 -17:00
2
E_122 The Greenhouse Effect and Earth's Climate Sensitivity12 Oct 2021 - 25 Jan 2022Tuesdays
17:00-18:30
(web-based)
2
E_169 Land Processes and Carbon Feedbacks (Victor Brovkin)14 Oct 2021 - 27 Jan 2022Thursdays
10:15-11:45
room tbd
2
I_10 EaSyMS Earth System Modeling School (C. Reick et al)3 - 10 December 2021
postponed to: tbd
Geomatikum, 17th floor2
IMPRS Annual Retreat7 - 9 September 22Bad Segeberg-
S_41 Advanced Scientific Writing (J. Marotzke & D. Murphy)7 - 11 March 2022time tbd2
S_87 Project and Time Management for Scientists (A. Britz)28 - 29 March 202209:00 - 17:001

Summer semester 2021

Title (Lecturer)DatesTime/PlaceCrd.
S_36 Climate Dynamics (Jochem Marotzke)12 April - July 2021Mondays
15:15-17:00
web-based
2 (+2 credits for course report)
I_01 Introduction to Earth System Science and Modelling
(Bjorn Stevens et al.)

starting 21 June 2021

web-based2
S_89 Good Scientific Practice (M. Mende)9 - 10 September 202113:00-18:00
web-based
1
IMPRS Annual Retreat8 - 10 September 2021
postponed to 16 - 18 Feb 22
Bad Segeberg-

Winter semester 2020/21

Title (Lecturer)DatesTime/PlaceCrd.
S_39 Generic Academic Skills (Jochem Marotzke)2 Nov 2020 - 8 Feb 2021Mondays
15:15-17:00
(web-based)
2
E_122 The Tradewinds (B. Stevens & H. Schmidt)24 Nov 2020 - 2 Mar 2021Tuesdays
17:00-19:00
(web-based)
2
S_85 Practical Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics (G. Datseris)4 Nov 2020 - 17 Feb 2021

Wednesdays 15 – 17h (lecture)
Thursdays 15 – 16h (exercises)
(web-based)

2
E_169 Land Processes and Carbon Feedbacks (Victor Brovkin)5 Nov 2020 - 18 Feb 2021Thursdays
10:15-11:45
GB 5, Room 006
2
E_200 Meteorological Statistics (R. Blender & J.-S. von Storch)6 Nov 2020 - 19 Feb 2021Fridays
12:00-14:00
(web-based)
2
S_86 Marketing for Scientists (M. Kuchner)11 + 18 Dec 2020Fridays
15:00-16:30
(web-based)
-
S_61 Presentation Skills (S. Lerch)25 - 27 Jan 2021

Mon 9:00-13:00
Tue 9:00-12:00 / 14:00-17:00
Wed 9:00-13:00
(web-based)

1
S_87 Project and Time Management for Scientists (A. Britz)11 + 18 Feb 2021

Thur 9:00-13:00
(web-based)

1
S_41 Advanced Scientific Writing (J. Marotzke & D. Murphy)22 - 26 Mar 202113:00
(web-based)
2